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1. Loosely fitting hose or breeches worn in the 1500s and 1600s.
2. Loose trousers.
3. Chiefly British Leggings.

[Perhaps alteration (influenced by galley Gascon) of French garguesques, variant of greguesques, from Spanish gregüescos, from griego, Greek, from Latin Graecus; see Greek.]
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(ˌɡælɪˈɡæskɪnz) or


pl n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) loose wide breeches or hose, esp as worn by men in the 17th century
2. (Clothing & Fashion) leather leggings, as worn in the 19th century
[C16: from obsolete French garguesques, from Italian grechesco Greek, from Latin Graecus]
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(ˌgæl ɪˈgæs kɪnz)

n. (used with a pl. v.)
1. loose hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
2. any loose breeches.
3. leggings or gaiters, usu. of leather.
[1570–80; orig. uncertain]
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